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2021 This was my fourth stop at Half Moon Bay. Everything from my previous reviews still holds. One addition this trip was that we needed to pump out. The pump out is at a separate dock outside the marina’s wave tempering wall. It is also very close to shallow water, which is a concern in a big boat coming or leaving in a strong wind. All went well with my experience this year, but the pump out location can be challenging. As always, the marina manager was helpful both in communicating before my arrival and in handling lines as we docked. Good service is his priority. Half Moon Bay will always be my choice when transiting the Hudson. 2018 This is the third time I’ve stayed at Half Moon Bay and I’m sure I’ll be back on my next trip on the Hudson. The head and showers are always clean and in good condition. For the most part, the piers are in good shape as well. On both of the last two times I’ve visited, the manager and I conversed before hand to discuss which slip we’d tie up in and to ensure there was assistance available when docking. One real benefit of this marina is the proximity to a good grocery store as well as the MetroNorth station for trips into New York City. Plus - there’s ice cream within walking distance. As I said, I’ll be back.

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2021 My review from 2018 still stands. The staff was extremely helpful as we pulled to the fuel dock to take on diesel. They have a high speed fuel pump so fueling went quickly. They suggested that we move the boat a short distance along the same dock to save having to shift to another dock. Unfortunately, the electrical problem from my last trip recurred. The marina apparently has 3-phase AC power on the fuel dock and it is inconsistent with my inverter which wouldn’t recognize the power and would not charge my batteries. So, we ended up moving to a different dock with single phase power and my inverter behaved properly. I’ll remember this the next time I stop at Shady Harbor. The marina owner even came down to the boat after we moved to ensure that everything was satisfactory. I want to point out again that the showers are clean and well equipped. I’ve been frustrated at most of the places I’ve stopped at 5his summer by the lack of adequate shower facilities. Shady Harbor’s showers are among the best we’ve encountered. I also want to credit the manager who called me well before we expected to arrive to go through determine my tie-up side preference and to suggest pumping out and refueling before we moved to our permanent slip. One suggestion, if you can, plan your arrival for slack tide. The max ebb and flood currents exceed 3 kts - making docking a challenge. 2018 Dockmaster responded promptly when hailed and met us at the dock to assist in tying us up. Restroom and shower facilities are clean and nice. WiFi reception is excellent. My biggest compliment, however, goes to the marina owner who personally helped me troubleshoot an issue I had when trying to take on shore power. It turned out that the problem was not intuitively obvious but was on the marina side of the system. The owner came up with a work-around that provided my boat with power without having to move to a different slip. The owner spent at least an hour with me, right at the end of the work day, as we solved the problem. This is the kind of dedication to customer service that makes a marina outstanding.

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The Shipyard Marina is unique. It’s small and well contained. There’s an active sailing club on site as well as a group giving jet ski tours of the NY waterfront. The place was bustling all day. Pier 13, on which the marina is located, is home to an ongoing food truck festival as well as a busy and popular bar the occupies more than half the pier. The view of midtown Manhattan across the River is enough to occupy your interest for a long time. The lights at night are amazing. The next pier over (Pier 14) is home to a ferry terminal with routes to both Midtown and Downtown Manhattan. The main piers at the marina are modern floating concrete docks. Our boat was too big for their slips so we were tied up (with outstanding help from an eager dockhand) on a wooden extension of the concrete dock. It was parallel to Pier 13 and below the back of the bar buildings. The buildings kept the noise from the bar to a very low level. After the bar closed, all was very quiet. As is inevitable on the Hudson across from NYC, the water is busy and our boat moved around quite a bit. This too settled down after dark. There is a wide selection of restaurants within easy walking distance of the marina if you’re not into food trucks. There is a decent market and a Walgreens drug store just 2 blocks away. The best thing about this stay was the attitude of the staff. Everybody we met was eager to help and just as eager to engage in long conversations. They were all wonderful! This will be our “go to” marina when passing through NYC.

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There’s not much to this marina. The moorings are solid but the field is easily rolled by powerboat wakes and the wind. It did quiet down at night. The showers and heads are adequate. The best thing about Barron’s is the launch service. They responded promptly to phone calls (the marina doesn’t monitor any VHF channels). The launch operator came out as I approached the mooring field to circle around my assigned mooring which made it easy to find. The launch operator on duty was friendly and helpful and made the stay pleasant.

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We arrived late and left early so we didn’t get to sample any of the amenities in Port Jefferson. From what I could hear on Channel 68, the launch service was busy, responsive and very helpful. Coming into the port, we got excellent instructions from the club as to how to find our mooring. The town looked fascinating so if the opportunity presents itself, we’ll stop here again - and stay long enough to enjoy it.

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I have really mixed feelings about the New London Waterfront Park Marina. The pier and dock facilities are fantastic - good quality concrete floating docks and abundant power posts with 30, 50 and 20 amp service. The location is outstanding - directly opposite the Amtrak station and between two ferry terminals. This is downtown New London and has abundant restaurant opportunities. The marina is part of a larger waterfront complex that features a long walk along the shore as well as a restaurant and raw bar of its own on one of the piers. The one negative about the location is the noise. The trains and ferries operate frequently during the day with lots of whistles and horns. There is also noisy construction going on at the nearby State Pier during the day. All of these things settle down at night. The big negatives to me are the so called amenities provided by this facility. The heads, showers and laundry are 1/4 mile away, near the aforementioned pier-side restaurant. We were told that the heads were locked and for use of the boaters, but they were, in fact, unlocked and used by the public on the pier. They were in decent condition. There are two showers which were locked, but one shower was being used as a storeroom for restaurant supplies. The other shower might have been nice if it were clean. It also needed hooks to keep clothes and towels off the floor. The laundry was also behind locked doors. It was dirty and full of scattered junk, including a large rusting fan. Additionally, there was a gate to the marina piers that was supposed to be locked. We were given the combination but it proved unnecessary since the lock didn’t lock the gate. Thus, the piers were frequently used by fishermen who clearly didn’t have a boat in the marina. Some even cleaned their catch on the pier. Finally, the marina is understaffed. It is not manned on weekdays at all so you’re typically on your own for timing up. There is supposedly staff on site on the weekends, but we were gone by then and couldn’t confirm their availability. Due to the noise and lack of quality amenities, I probably won’t come back to this facility in the future.

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I came away from this stay with mixed feelings. First the good stuff: the launch service staff was attentive and responsive. They did a great job of handling a flurry of requests. In addition, the staff easily accommodated our request to stay an extra night. Now to the negative: the head and showers are a mess. The only showers are out of doors and protected only by curtains. The single head is in poor condition. The mooring field is very rolly due to weekend boat traffic in the Bay. It is also open to winds from the east which we’re prevalent the whole time I was there. We were uncomfortable during the day but things did quiet down some at night.

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Sandwich Marina is a decent place to stop when entering or leaving the Cape Cod canal, but it wouldn’t be my first choice on my next trip. We had a reservation at the normal transient dock but apparently the previous occupant broke down and couldn’t leave. The marina then reassigned us to a slip at the far end of a dock full of lobster boats. It wouldn’t have been bad except that the amount of seagull poop on the dock was disgusting. Given the hot weather, it smelled pretty bad. Shore power proved to be a problem as well. It took several attempts, with no help from the dockhand who met us, to successfully connect the first time. Then early in the morning, power to the whole marina was lost for nearly an hour. Perhaps not their fault, but frustrating, none the less. Then heads and showers were clean and well equipped. The final frustration for me came when I wanted to pump my holding tank and buy some fuel as I left to transit the canal. There was a constant stream of other customers and I couldn’t reach the dock attendant by radio to get a place in line. After nearly an hour waiting, I finally gave up without completing either of those tasks.

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This stay at Pope’s Island went very well, right from the great help the dockhand gave us in backing our single screw boat into a tight slip to the prompt pumpout service when we left. The floating concrete docks were clean and in decent condition. The heads and showers are clean and well kept. I would make one suggestion that more hooks be provided in the showers - one isn’t enough to hold dirty clothes, clean clothes, shoes and your towel while you shower. Wifi was only sporadic out on the end of “E” dock. I wish it had been better. The New Bedford - Fairhaven area has lots to offer. We utilized Uber to get to a Stop & Shop, the fascinating Whaling Museum and a great Portuguese restaurant. Getting a confirmed Uber pickup was difficult on Friday night. This was our second stop at Pope’s Island and we'll come back again the next time our cruises bring us to the area.

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I decided to take my boat to the Boston Harbor Shipyard to sit out the potential hit from Tropical Storm Henri. This marina is in East Boston and is protected by a long breakwater built from barges attached to large steel pylons driven into the the bottom of the inner harbor. In addition, the Nantucket Light Ship is moored to the outside of the barges, providing additional cover from a west wind. Wind from the other three directions is attenuated by land surrounding the marina. Most transient boats are tied up to a floating dock on the inside of this breakwater. I felt like my boat was very secure in this location. The marina itself is very big and has several hundred permanent tenants. It is surrounded by multistory apartment buildings on two sides and Logan Airport on the third. It’s a long walk from the breakwater to the very serviceable heads and showers (about 3/8 mile). On the weekend the shipyard is home to a thriving social scene with an art gallery, a restaurant and a cider distillery. There are a few additional restaurants within walking distance. One major attraction that kept me at the Shipyard an extra day was that it was a short walk to a “T” station that would take you into Boston proper at a cheap price. That made the Aquarium, Faneuil Hall and the other historic sites of this city easily accessible. One advantage of this marina is that it is significantly less expensive than the better known marinas across the harbor. I’ll stay there again the next time I come to Boston - even if there isn’t a storm brewing.

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August 2021 Prescott Park is a great location for visiting Portsmouth. It’s across the street from the Strawberry Banke historical site and just blocks from downtown Portsmouth where there are eateries and shops galore. We also walked the 2.5 mile roundtrip to visit the USS Albacore museum which provides a rare opportunity to go aboard a retired submarine. We wanted to take a walking tour of the downtown area but got rained out. The concrete docks have power while wooden ones don’t. There wasn’t enough room on the face of the concrete docks to hold two boats our size so we were relegated to the wooden dock for the first night. The wooden docks consist of small sections which move quite a bit in the current and wakes. They are noisy - even at night. The extreme current (nearly 4 kts at peak ebb) making docking a challenge. We arrived at just an hour before slack and still had a tough time coming alongside. The concrete dock was more comfortable for the second night. Power was provided through 50 amp plugs so you will need an adapter for your 30 amp cords. Prescott Park is the site of frequent concerts during the summer. The music is loud, but seems to end early enough (9 PM) to not impact sleeping. The heads are modern and clean - even the morning after serving a large concert crowd. Finally, my compliments to the dockmaster who worked hard to help as dock and then move and who kept asking if there was anything more he could do for. He represented Portsmouth very well. We’d like to come back again in better weather to experience more of the city.

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2021Review: The plan for this stop was extended due to the approach of Tropical Storm Henri. We had planned on a short stop before continuing our transit south. But, Henri made it wise to find a good place to sit it out. The harbormaster actually called me a couple days before our arrival to inquire about our intentions and while the harbor was fully reserved through the anticipated arrival of the storm, kept me informed of cancellations until I was fully booked for 4 days. His dedication to helping me solve my problem in a stressful situation was greatly appreciated. As you can see from my earlier Comments about Gloucester Harbor, my wife and I really like this place. We’ll definitely be back in the future. 2019 Review: We had 3 great days in Gloucester! The mooring was secure and easily accessible. The free launch service was awesome! The launch always came quickly. The operators were professional and full of advice. We made great use of output time playing tourist. The Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester is a combination art and history museum. The current Winslow Homer exhibit is fascinating as are the exhibits on fishing, fishing schooners and granite mining. We also took a Cape Ann Transit Authority bus ( $0.60 for seniors) to Rockport where we took a free walking tour of the village. The guide was full of interesting stories. We also shopped and had a fine lunch on Bearskin Neck. On the way back to Gloucester the bus dropped us at a Stop & Shop where we did some provisioning. To top off the trip we found several ice cream shops within walking distance of the launch landing. “Holy Cow” was our favorite. We will return again!

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Updated 8/17/2021 Most of my comments from my previous stay still apply. Tenants Harbor is a nice little town and we enjoyed walking around for the afternoon. This was another short, one-night stop. At least 3 dock attendants helped us tie up. They were skilled and attentive. The only drawback I found with this stay is that the boatyard has some shore power limitations. It has one 50-amp connection and one 30-amp connection. We were the second boat to request 50-amp service for the same night. Thus I was forced to “time-share” the single 30-amp connection between my inverter/charger circuits and my heavier AC loads. It worked out OK but would have been more convenient if I hadn’t had to switch my loads to share a single source between my two 30-amp cords. To be fair, the dockmaster called me before confirming my reservation to let me know this would be the situation, but I encourage the yard to upgrade their shore power facilities. Original 2019 Review: This was a short, one night stop, but we were very comfortable. The dockmaster was on the pier when we arrived to help tie us up. He had given us good directions to his pier and our assigned location. Shore power is provided via extension cords from a box on the fuel dock. Both 30 and 50 amp shore power is available. There’s a single head with a shower in the customer lounge up the hill from the docks. The head and shower were clean and in good condition. WiFi at the dock was outstanding, among the best we’d seen during our trip up the coast. We didn’t sample food ashore but there appear to be several restaurants serving dinner and a couple just serving breakfast and lunch. There’s also a small general store that we didn’t have time to visit.

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Thank you for the wonderful review! We pride ourselves on providing a comfortable and enjoyable experience to service the needs of boaters. We are glad you found our services to your liking and hope we see you on a future visit.
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We got good directions to our mooring by calling on Channel 09. The launch service was prompt when we requested it. We spent a little time ashore exploring the resort but the weather didn’t support using any outdoor facilities. There was only one restaurant open - probably due to COVID-related staffing issues. The food in the open Pub was very good.

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Updated 8/17/2021 This was the third time we’ve stayed at Biddeford Pool. We got good directions to our mooring and the launch service stopped by to see if we needed anything. E didn’t go ashore and planned to just leave early the next morning. The stay was quiet and restful. Couldn’t ask for more. 2019 original review: We got good, simple directions to find our mooring when I called by VHF on approach. Launch service was always quick and efficient. The whole stay went smoothly Took a nice walk in town. Being in season, there were lots of people around patronizing the gift shop and general store.

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The staff was friendly and helpful. The heads were modern, well equipped and immaculate. It was nice to be close to downtown Portland and all the action. Portland is a great place to visit and we’ll be back again.

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I always feel like the marina itself and the destination should have two separate ratings. In this case they’d both be 5 stars. Lyman-Morse provides a great place to stay in Camden. The inner harbor floats put you right in the middle of all the schooner activity as well as being close to downtown. The free launch service is great, though it stopped running at 3:30 PM after Labor Day. The heads showers and laundry room ashore are immaculate. The courtesy car made a trip to Hannaford’s for groceries very easy. Camden itself is a wonderful place to visit - in fact we extended our stay to enjoy more of it. There are lots of good restaurants (Marriner’s serves a great breakfast). The library is out of this world in terms of atmosphere and architecture - including the park and amphitheater giving great views of the harbor. We enjoyed the free walking tour on Friday afternoon. We also hiked/climbed to the summit of Mount Battie which provided unexcelled views of Penobscot Bay and the islands. We love Camden and will be back for another extended stay next year.

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We decided to stay at Robinhood for a week of relaxation and rest. It worked out well for us. As in the past, the dockhands were helpful all week. Four showed up to help us tie up the first day. On another day, the poor dockhand worked in the rain to pump out our holding tank and fuel us. OBTW - there’s a 10% discount if you buy more than 100 gallons of fuel. The heads and showers are in good shape and kept clean. The restaurant has new owners and a new name. Locals tell me they aren’t convinced that the quality is the same as the old place. We didn’t eat there so I can’t comment. We did, however, enjoy Sunday brunch at the Robinhood Free Meetinghouse, about a 15 minute walk from the marina. The food was great. The RFM also offers coffee and sticky buns on weekdays. There’s dinner and live music on Saturday nights - a treat we miss while cruising. You can count on us being back to stay at Robinhood again.

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So glad you enjoyed your stay. The dock staff works very hard and appreciates you noticing! RFM is a great local spot and a nice stroll from the marina. Try the Anchor (on-site restaurant) on your next visit - very pleasant and good food. See you next time.
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The marina was very responsive when we called for directions as we approached Potts Harbor. We got great assistance from the dockhands when tying up. The heads, shower and laundry are up to date and in good condition. We enjoyed the bluheberry muffins and coffee delivered to the boat each morning. When we asked to extend for an extra night the staff was very accommodating and found space for us despite having several large boats coming in. The restaurant is quite popular and was very enjoyable. There’s also a lobster-in-the-rough stand with outdoor seating right next to the marina. We didn’t eat there but the prices seemed quite reasonable. Dolphin always makes for a good stop!

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Dock staff did a great job assisting me in tying up the boat against a strong wind. The resident boater’s were very friendly. The floating docks are in good condition, but the heads and showers are marginal. There’s not much in the way of services within easy walking distance. Besides the restaurant at the marina (which seemed quite popular) and a deli with a Dunkin Donuts, there weren’t any restaurants within 0.7 miles of the marina. The same goes for ice cream. Be careful if you’re hoping for a pump out. The Town of Hull operates a pump out boat which only comes to the marina on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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The best thing about staying in Onset is the launch service. The drivers are unfailingly polite, helpful and responsive. We made several trips in for laundry and grocery shopping and never had to wait long. Our hats off to the whole harbormaster team, especially Antonio who dealt with us on both days. The moorings are a great deal. They are secure and stable in protected waters. The docks have gotten better this year, too. They are new and can handle about 6 boats up to 35 ft and one additional on up to 50 ft. They all have power and water. This is a huge improvement over the past. There are several restaurants close to the pier and two ice cream places nearby. The laundromat is less than 4 blocks a way. There’s a small market and a hardware store right in the village as well. Stop & Shop can be reached by a $10 Uber ride. Onset makes a great stopping point for boats transiting the Cape Cod Canal,

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Edgar town is now our favorite port to stop in on Martha’s Vineyard. We’ve been to Vineyard Haven by boat and Oak Bluffs and Menemsha by bus. Edgartown was the best by far. First of all, the Harbormaster’s team is outstanding. They are very attentive and go to great lengths to solve problems. Their ability to smoothly handle many near simultaneous arrivals professionally over the radio was amazing. The radio operators were never flustered and were unfailingly polite while dealing with a swarm of requests. This is a very professional and capable team. Kudos! We were given clear directions to our mooring and finding and picking it up was easy. The Old Port Launch Service was prompt when we called and even doubled back to the boat when the Admiral realized she’d forgotten her phone. The town of Edgartown was a treat. We walked around a lot and really enjoyed the historical houses, and especially all of the trees and landscaped lawns. The shade was really valued during the hot weather. The Vineyard has an outstanding bus service with something like 13 routes. You can literally get anywhere on the island by bus and there’s a bus center on Church Street. A one-day pass good for all the rides you can squeeze in only costs $8 - $5 if you’re a senior citizen. Such a deal! We took the bus to Oak Bluffs and then took a 3 hour guided tour of the island by van. It was great to see so much of the island that can’t be reached by boat or walking. The constant narration by the guide overloaded us with information and interesting stories. Restaurants, shops and ice cream places abound in Edgartown. There’s something for everybody here. We’re already talking of coming back and touring the island by bike.

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The Vineyard Haven Launch Service (VHLS) portion of this trip was outstanding. They easily directed us to our assigned mooring and provided prompt launch service when we decided to go ashore. The discounted launch service charge because we were using one of their moorings was a pleasant surprise. The mooring outside the breakwater was fairly calm once the ferries stopped running and was never very bad, but then we had southwest winds for our entire stay. Winds from the east would be a problem. Vineyard Haven as a town leaves much to be desired. The area within walking distance of the launch dock was pretty dull. It was a hot, humid day and there was no shade to speak of. The shops on Main Street sold mostly clothing. There were two ice cream parlors that both had interesting flavors. Our frustration with Vineyard Haven resulted from an inability to find a restaurant that was air conditioned and offered reasonable prices. There were a lot of take out places or restaurants that offered outdoor seating. We needed to cool off - but couldn’t. The Stop & Shop is handy if you need groceries. One major attraction is the new Martha’s Vineyard Museum on Lagoon Pond Rd. It’s new, cool and offers a good history of the Island. As a bonus, on Tuesdays after 5pm admission is free. Definitely worth a stop.

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High on the plus side for this stop was the extreme helpfulness of the dock master in getting us tied up safely in a strong wind. My boat is a single screw, with a weak bow thrusdter and high windage but the dockmaster’s directions got us tied up quickly. On the minus side I’d have to say that there’s not much in Cuttyhunk. The only “restaurants” (save for breakfast at the Fisherman’s Club) are shacks on the dock - two of which serve lobster dinners and a third serving tacos. The heads are barely adequate and have no showers. There is, however, an ice cream stand in one of the shacks. WiFi was iffy - sometimes barely OK, sometimes nonexistent. The island is fun to walk around on. The high point (literally) is the bunker on the hill. From here you have an unobstructed, 360 degree view of Buzzards Bay and the Vineyard Sound. That’s awesome! There is a market (which I cannot comment on because I didn’t visit it) and one souvenir shop. If you want a place to just relax, be cut off from the world and maybe eat a lobster dinner, this is a good place to visit.

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What a find! Wickford Marina is a great place to stay if you’re looking for some peace and quiet. The marina is located on a quiet extension of Wickford harbor and doesn’t see the crowds and noise evident in the main harbor area. The owner and his dockhand are super helpful and skilled besides. I watched them calmly handle a bunch of boats that all arrived at the same time on a busy Saturday. The facilities are in excellent shape. This includes the wooden floating docks, the heads and the showers. There’s a large gas grill available for all boater’s to use - complete with paper plates, plastic silverware and many condiments. I didn’t use the jacuzzi but I’m told it’s very inviting. Coffee and donuts on weekend mornings are a definite treat - along with the conversations with fellow boater’s who have gathered to enjoy them. The village of Wickford is enchanting and only a 1/2 mile walk from the marina. If you’re into old houses, there are beautiful ones here. We saw some that dated from before the Revolutionary War and are still used as residences. There are a couple good restaurants within walking distance. Sadly there was no ice cream available. We found the Wickford Marina to be much more relaxing than nearby Newport and will make this our main stop when in the area.

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I have really mixed feelings about this marina. Basically it’s pretty nice. The manager told me they really don’t do a lot of transient business. The wooden floating docks are fine, but not perfect. The staff was really helpful and there was someone on hand to give directions as we approached and at the slip to help us tie up. The restaurant was pretty good but a little expensive which shouldn’t be a surprise given the proximity to NY City. My frustrations come from the fact that there’s just one head each for men and women. The shower is part of the head. That would be OK except that the dockside bar patrons use these same heads and with live music a few nights a week, there’s a crowd that relies on just these two heads. The heads get dirty quickly. I’d expect better quality from a $3 per foot marina. The other frustration is not the marinas problem but comes from the fact that I could see the Stop & Shop, Target and several restaurants from my boat across a small channel, but because the marina is on a peninsula it’s a long trip to the market - almost a mile walk or an $8 Uber or water taxi ride. I couldn’t launch my dinghy because there was another boat tied up next to me and there was no room for the dinghy. The town dock on the other side of the channel was tantalizingly close. Port Washington is a great place to visit. We met lots of nice people in town and enjoyed walking around.

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This was the third time we had stopped at Hoffman’s while transiting the NJ coast. As always, the staff was very helpful and skilled in safely mooring our boat in adverse wind and current conditions. The facilities are excellent with especially nice heads and showers and a complimentary laundry. Be advised that it’s best to arrive and depart at slack water. The tidal currents are extreme and there are strong eddies around the ends of the piers closest to the railroad bridge. One uncomfortable aspect of our stay was not the fault of the marina. We tied up on a Sunday afternoon and the flood of boats making large wakes while fighting the ebb currents to get through the railroad bridge left the water in such turmoil that our boat rocked excessively in its slip. The only time it was calm was when the bridge was closed, stopping the boat traffic. By nightfall and the end of boat traffic, the slip became comfortable.

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This was our third stay at Kammerman’s. The people are always great. The restrooms and showers are adequate. Unfortunately, the restaurant is closed on weekdays after a Labor Day so we couldn’t eat there. We didn’t take the time on this stop to play tourist and visit Atlantic City. We’ve done that by Uber in the past and had some fun. My two frustrations this trip were the lack of responsiveness when I called in (by both phone and VHF) as I approached the marina. Then they wanted to put my 16 ft wide both in a slip that was too narrow. There was much idling and turning around while they found a place that was satisfactory. We end up in the same spot we had in July - next to a high wall that made getting off the boat a chore given the range of tides. I still like Kammerman’s and will probably stop there again in the future.

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The location of this marina is great for visiting in the Kingston area. We rented a car and spent two delightful days visiting the FDR Home and Museum as well as Eleanor Roosevelt’s home at Valkill. The highlight of our trip was having lunch on both days at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park. Rondout Yacht Basin itself is beginning to show its age. The heads and showers were clean but out of date. The piers are in decent shape. Perhaps all the rain we had while here took some shine off the facility. The marina’s web site boasts a dockside cafe but it’s only a small snack stand with an awning covered eating area. To be fair, it was closed the whole time we were there so I can’t comment on the quality or extent of the menu. The most frustrating part of this stay was contacting the marina upon arrival. The DockWa listing and my reservation confirmation both said to contact them on VHF Channel 9. I tried several times but got no response. When I called by phone all I got was an answering machine - but no response to the message I left. When I asked the person who finally met the boat after my second phone call, I was told that they don’t monitor Channel 9, but only Channel 16. I had tried that twice with no response as well. It’s very frustrating to bring a boat into a new port and new marina and not be able to contact anyone ashore until you’re already in sight of the fuel dock.

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